Tri-County History Fair: Middlesex, Somerset, and Union Counties

Plainfield Public Library Announces Tri-County History Fair
Saturday, October 22, 2016, from 10 am to 4 pm

The Plainfield Public Library is excited to announce the Tri-County History Fair for Middlesex, Union, and Somerset Counties. Join colleagues, friends, and neighbors for a fun day of historical discovery, resource sharing, raffles, and more. On Saturday, October 22nd from 10 am to 4 pm, over 20 local history organizations, museums, and libraries will be exhibiting and promoting their historical collections on the library’s lower level around the area fountain. There will be two exhibits on display at this time: Contemporary Photographs of Plainfield Veterans by Plainfielder Brian Price and Plainfield in Pictures– a selection of images from the library’s historical photograph collections. Continue reading

Using the Indexes: New Jersey Births-Marriages-Deaths, 1901-03 and the Bride’s Index, 1901-14

Late in 2015, Reclaim the Records, a not-for-profit group of genealogists, historians, researchers, and open government advocates, worked with the New Jersey State Archives to acquire the microfilm to the birth, marriage and death annual indexes for 1901, 1902, and 1903.  While speaking with the Archives, she was also able to submit a request for the Bride’s Indexes for 1904-09 and 1910-14.  You can read more about the project’s Records Request #5: New Jersey Birth, Marriage, and Death Indices, 1901-1903 and 1901-1914 on their website.

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Using Facebook for New Jersey Genealogy

Last week, I was the featured guest on The Forget Me Not Hour: Your Ancestors Want Their Stories to Be Told radio show hosted by Jane E. Wilcox.  She invited me to speak about creating virtual genealogy communities. As a founding member of the Facebook group Nashi Predky / Our Ancestors for Ukrainian Genealogy, I have been willing to talk about starting online communities using social media.  Prior to this interview, I presented at the APG’s Professional Management Conference during day one of their poster sessions.

My poster “Creating a Virtual Community:  Nashi Predky (Our Ancestors) Unites Ukrainian Researchers” focused on the creation of a Facebook group to fill researcher’s need of an online “home” for Ukrainian genealogy. By using the social media platform of Facebook, researchers have the ability to use live arena to get and share information.  While being “only” on Facebook does limit the group’s reach, our success is definitely measurable.  Our group gained over 830 members within its first 12 months!

So, how does this relate to New Jersey genealogy?  The answer is quite simple… Were you aware that there are 40+ groups that focus one NJ genealogy and history?  If not, maybe I can convince you to become a member of one or more!

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My 2015 New Year’s Resolutions… Have You Written Yours?

How have you fared in 2014? Reviewing my genealogical goals for this past year, I see that I fell just a smidge short of the 5 “must do” items that I put on my 2014 calendar page for January 1st.

1) RESTART my research business – This has been a slow process, but I’m making strides in increasing my client workload and other genealogical activities.  And beginning this month, my genealogy business is my sole focus.

2) EDUCATION –  Success can be claimed here. I was able to attend the Salt Lake Institiute of Genealogy (SLIG) in January and Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) in July. Yeah for me!  In 2015, I plan on attending GRIP again.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to get to a Genetic Genealogy conference too!

3) MAINTAIN my business identity – Jersey Roots Genealogy hit the airwaves in May 2012 and continues its activities via Facebook, Twitter and blogging. For 2015, I will be continuing to communicate using these tools regularly.

4) REDESIGN genie website – A fresh new look is now online.  JRG had its last redesign in 2013 and I thought it was overdue for an update. Visit me @ http://www.jerseyrootsgenealogy.com

5) SUBMIT my CG application – Well, this one didn’t receive its due attention this year.  Officially, I restarted “my clock” in September and have the binder setup with Requirements #1-#4 already completed, printed and hole-punched. The focus for 2015 is to complete Requirements #5-#7 and submit my portfolio by my due date of August 31st!

While my goals that I’ve list deal mainly with my genealogical business, I have begun a list for the research goals too.  Watch for it in January!

So, what are your 2015 genealogical goals?

Happy Searching!

Michelle